Macbeth As A Tragic Hero In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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What would you do if three witches told you that one day you would be the President of the United States? Depending on your character, you would just wait patiently for the time to become President, or you would be impatient and take things into your own hands. This is the story of Macbeth. In 1056 A.D, Scotland we see the protagonist of the story, Macbeth, in the beginning. Macbeth is a phenomenal general and is a physically powerful soldier. He is so powerful, in fact, he can punch through a person’s body in one swing. He is a very intimidating person. On top of him being a superb soldier, he is also the Thane of Glamis. A Thane is defined as, “a man, often the chief of a clan, who held land from a Scottish King and ranked with an earl’s son.”(The Definition of Thane). A tragic hero is defined as,“a literary character who makes a judgement error that inevitably leads to their own destruction.”(Tragic Hero as Defined by Aristotle). A villain is, “a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.”…show more content…
The prophecy is being fulfilled and Macbeth is about to be King. At this point in the story, Macbeth seems like a tragic hero. We don 't know what happens in the future, the only evidence is what we have already seen in the first two acts. We can see that deep in his heart that he knows he is wrong, but he still does it anyway. Macbeth will most likely not have a happy ending. In his head, Macbeth is thinking to himself that the plan was a success. He thinks that he doesn 't look guilty whatsoever and that the reasons that he gave in his head is enough to make him not look guilty. This reader thinks that his guilt will eventually eat him alive from the inside out. He was already having doubts before he actually killed the King, so one couldn 't imagine how guilty he would feel after knowing what he did for all those
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